Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site

Victoria Settlement - School Programs 2015-16

At Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site we believe history and culture are most easily understood when grounded in experience. We offer a variety of interactive, hands-on educational programs that give students the opportunity to experience the past for themselves.

It is expected that schools coming to the site will book either the General Tour or the Littlies Tour for their students. An additional education program can then be booked that explores a particular facet of the story. Each is designed to meet particular curriculum objectives with the key concepts highlighted in each program description.

GENERAL TOUR ~ Required - grades 4 and up

The history of Victoria Settlement is made of the stories of different people woven together over time. Student will learn how the lives of missionaries, fur traders, mixed blood settlers, Métis, and Eastern European settlers were connected but different. This tour weaves their stories together and provides an overview of the creation, growth, and eventual decline of one of Alberta's earliest communities.

Strands
The Land: Places and People; Time, Continuity and Change; Economics and Resources; Power, Authority and Decision Making; Culture and Community
Grade 4 ~ The Stories, Histories and People of Alberta
Grade 5 ~ Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada
Grade 6 ~ Following Confederation: Canadian Expansion

Outcomes
Understand the history and geography of Canada; respect the cultural diversity and common values of Canada; understand Canada's political, social and economic systems.

LITTLIES TOUR ~ Required - Kindergarten to 3

This program is specifically designed for younger children and takes the place of the general tour. Students learn about, and compare three different families from the mid to late 1800's: the mission family, the Cree family, and the fur trade family. This program uses children's imaginations, senses, and curiosity as they move through the site, to take them back to the days when their great-great-grandparents were kids. Students will take part in historical activities along the way, and taste a baked treat from the wood stove.

Strands
Time, Continuity, and Change; The Land: Places and People; Culture and Community
Grade1 ~ Moving Forward with the Past
Grade 2 ~ A Community in the Past
Grade 3 ~ Global Citizenship

Outcomes
Understand the history and geography of Canada; respect cultural diversity; understand the importance of well-being, and appreciate how family and others contribute


ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS

BEAVER HAT ~ Grades 3 and up

For two hundred years men came from around the world to the wilds of North America to trade for beaver. Discover how fashion brought them here, and why they wanted the beaver fur. Your students will learn the felt making process by transforming animal wool roving into felt with their very own hands.

Strands
Time, Continuity and Change; Economics and Resources; Culture and Community
Grade 4 ~ The Stories, Histories and People of Alberta; Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada
Grade 7 ~ Toward Confederation
Grade 9 ~ Economic systems

Outcomes
Understand Canada's political, social, and economic systems within a global context; understand the history and geography of Canada; understand and appreciate the arts

DAY IN THE LIFE ~ Grades 3 to 6

Victoria Settlement was busy place in the 1880's. The community was growing and changing and the arrival of the post office was big news. In this program your class will experience the people and events of a day in the post office in 1888. This scripted participation program has students acting out the parts of historical characters in a set of scenes designed to reveal the various economic and social relationships, and the rapid rate of change.

Strands
Time, Continuity and Change; The Land: Places and People, Economics and Resources; Culture and Community
Grade 4 ~ The Stories, Histories and People of Alberta, Alberta; Celebrations and Challenges
Grade 5 ~ Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada, Shaping an Identity.

Outcomes
Understand the history and geography of Canada; respect cultural diversity; understand the importance of well being and appreciate how family and others contribute; understand and appreciate the arts

TOYS AND GAMES ~ Grades 1 to 6

In the days before Nintendo and television kids found lots of ways to have fun. Your students will have a great time discovering how kids had fun in the 1880's. Students will play period games and make an historical toy to take home.

Strands
Time, Continuity and Change; Culture and Community
Grade 1 ~ Moving forward with the past
Grade 2 ~ A Community in the past
Grade 4 ~ Alberta; Celebrations and Challenges
Grade 5 ~ Histories and Stories of Ways of Life in Canada
Grade 7 ~ Following Confederation

Outcomes
Understand the history of Canada; have an active life-style; respect cultural diversity.


Also, find out about SCHOOL OUTREACH PROGRAMS - education programs that come to your school, right to your classroom.

Reserve your May or June Education Program NOW!


Cost

  • $3.00 per student, per program (all programs)
  • No charge for accompanying adults and bus driver (up to a ratio of 1 adult for every 5 students)

Booking Information

Before May 15: call (780) 645 6256 or email: ross.stromberg@gov.ab.ca
After May 15: call (780) 656 2333 or email: victoria.settlement@gov.ab.ca

For toll-free calling within Alberta dial 310-0000 first

TDD/TTY phone 1-800-232-7215

Hours
Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm from May 15 to Labour Day

Programs run from 10 am to 2 pm weekdays

Location
Victoria Settlement Historic Site is located 10 km south of Smoky Lake on Secondary Highway 855 and a further 6 km east along historic Victoria Trail. Follow the signs.

Last reviewed/revised: March 18, 2016